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Kahele Wins Hawaii Democratic Primary for Gabbards Seat

HONOLULU—Kai Kahele was prepared to do the unthinkable: take on an incumbent from his own party for a U.S. House seat. He felt so strongly that Hawaii residents were being hurt by the presidential ambitions of Rep. Tulsi Gabbard that he announced early on he would challenge his fellow Democrat. Then, just months after Kahele got in the race, Gabbard announced she wouldnt seek re-election to the House seat she had held since 2013 and would instead focus on her campaign for the White House. In this Feb. 8, 2020, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) speaks during the McIntyre-Shaheen 100 Club Dinner in Manchester, N.H. Kai Kahele is favored to win the Democratic Partys nomination to represent Hawaiis 2nd Congressional District in the primary election. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File) Kaheles bold move paved the way for him to claim an easy victory Saturday in the Democratic primary for Hawaiis 2nd Congressional District. The 46-year-old said its be..

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Appeals Court to Either Reassign Flynn Case or Restrict Judge, Lawyers Say

The case of former Trump adviser Michael Flynn may be reassigned to a different judge, or the current judge will be restricted in how he can proceed, several lawyers have predicted based on recent developments in the case. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit will hear the case on Aug. 11. Flynns lawyers consider the current district judge, Emmet Sullivan, to be biased against Flynn, mainly because Sullivan has refused to accept the Department of Justices (DOJ) decision in May to drop the case, which has been stuck in the court process since. Flynn, a retired three-star Army general, pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI in 2017, but later moved to withdraw the plea, saying he was misled and pressured into it. The DOJ moved to dismiss the case after a review highlighted documents indicating that the FBI didnt have a proper investigative purpose to interview Flynn and may have done so only to elicit false statements from him. A three-judge panel of the appeal..

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Esper Says US Troop Levels in Afghanistan to Go Below 5,000 by End of November

The United States plans to cut its troop levels in Afghanistan to “a number less than 5,000” by the end of November, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said in an interview broadcast on Saturday, adding detail to drawdown plans U.S. President Donald Trump announced earlier this week. The United States currently has about 8,600 troops in Afghanistan. Trump said in an interview released Monday by Axios that the United States planned to lower that number to about 4,000. Washingtons peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad spent more than a year and a half negotiating the deal with the Taliban to provide for the withdrawal of American soldiers after more than 19 years in Afghanistan. The withdrawal began earlier this year. The withdrawal of the American soldiers depends on the Taliban honoring its commitment to fight against other terrorist groups and ensure Afghanistan is not again used to attack America and its allies. “We think that we can do all the core missions, first and foremost being ensured th..

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Chinese Regime Targeting US Election Infrastructure With Cyberattacks: OBrien

National security adviser Robert OBrien said the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is targeting U.S. election infrastructure with cyberattacks leading up to the November election, suggesting a more active level of CCP interference. His comments came after a statement released by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence said that the CCP is trying to expand its influence on the election. “Theyd like to see the president lose,” OBrien said on CBS “Face the Nation,” referring to the CCP. “China—like Russia, like Iran—theyve engaged in cyberattacks and phishing and that sort of thing with respect to our election infrastructure, with respect to websites and that sort of thing,” the adviser said on Sunday. In response to a question from CBS Margaret Brennan that both the Kremlin and the CCP have attempted to access state websites to collect data, OBrien responded, “Its a real concern … But its not just Russia, Margaret, its the Chinese dont want the president reelected.” In elabo..

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Trump Executive Action Likely Worth $1,200 per Worker, Kudlow Says

President Donald Trumps executive actions to suspend payroll taxes would save the average person about $1,200 over a period of four months, White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said. “I think its going to be in a couple of weeks, and I think its going to come to about $1,200 per person,” Kudlow said Aug. 9 in a televised interview. Another round of stimulus checks and payments would be worth about $1,200, but talks about a broader CCP virus relief bill are currently in limbo. In the midst of the pandemic, the president has repeatedly suggested a payroll tax cut, meaning that some money wont be going to Medicare and Social Security. Its drawn a rebuke from both Democrats and Republicans in Congress. “With respect to the payroll tax, basically were giving 140-some-odd million people who worked through this pandemic, theyre heroes, were giving them about a $1,200 wage increase after-tax,” Kudlow said on CNNs “State of the Union.” Trump also extended federal unemployment benefits ..

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